As we continue to read about Nebuchadnezzar, we see how he was brought from a mighty place all because he was so full of pride. He was now rich and had built an awesome kingdom, but instead of thanking God for it he walked around proudly saying; “Look what I’ve done….look what I’ve accomplished.”
All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” Daniel 4:28-30
And because of his ungratefulness and not acknowledging God, this is what happened to Nebuchadnezzar.
Afflicted By A Mental Disorder:
The description from the Bible passage below reminds me of some of the street people we see today.
Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”
33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. Daniel 4:31-33
If you are not a Christian and reading this, you may think it mean that God allowed this to happen to Nebuchadnezzar….but no….it was done out of love, as you will see in the end. This could have been avoided if Nebuchadnezzar had reacted with a heart filled with thankfulness to God. A lesson we can all learn from.
After A Period Of Time:
Nebuchadnezzar lived like this for a time. I’m not sure if seven times means seven years. But after a time he finally turned and acknowledged God, and his mental disorder was gone.
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. Daniel 4:34 (NIV)
I wrote a post a few years back called: How Two Men Were Cured From Mental Illness
God is the same loving kind God today.
God Is Mighty And He Is Able To Restore You And Me:
After Nebuchadnezzar turned and acknowledge God, everything he had and much more was restored to him.
When we believe and trust in God, He can and will do mighty things for us.
His dominion is an eternal dominion;
his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the peoples of the earth
are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
or say to him: “What have you done?”
36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. Daniel 4:35-37
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. Jeremiah 29:13-14
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